Boden’s Mate

This mating pattern and mating net is a variation on the two Bishop mate. The basic elements are:

  • the opposing King castled to the Queenside;
  • two opposing pieces which block the opposing King’s escape to the d file;
  • a Bishop that takes away the King’s escape to the b and c files;
  • a Bishop that checkmates along the short diagonal from the a file.


 Bodens’s Mate-Barebones Mating Position



DIAGRAM BNM-1B – Game Example

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